Plan your Faith Shared Service!

A Project of Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First

 

Faith Shared Service Thank you for agreeing to be a part of Faith Shared. With your help, this project will send a strong message both here at home and around the world that Americans can come together and demonstrate respect for one anotherís faiths. Pluralism and religious freedom are at the core of our democracy, and they are what have brought our two organizations together for this important work. We believe that reaffirming those basic American values will help counteract an intensified level of negative stereotypes and anti-Muslim bigotry in our recent public discourse.

Religious freedom is guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment to our Constitution, but for liberty to have its full impact, we must go beyond the legal deffnition and embrace its moral underpinnings. A passionate defense of human rights ensures the dignity to which everyone is entitled, a message that we send abroad and something we actively model here at home.

The law canít force anyone to respect the Muslim community; it can only stop people from infringing on Muslimsí right to practice their faith. Taking the next step to true understanding is where you come in and where Faith Shared can make a difference. Faith Shared embraces the diversity of Americaís religious landscape and oers houses of worship the opportunity to tell their congregations, ďWe may have different beliefs and traditions than the church, mosque or synagogue down the street, but we share a common desire to worship freely and search for answers to lifeís questions through our faith.Ē

At the same time, by having hundreds of congregations participate in this project on the same day, we send a message to the world that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion. It doesnít mean that we donít have disagreements, or that we are naÔve about the challenges facing our country. But we will let the world know that we understand that respect for human dignity, human rights and the rule of law is the foundation of our strength and security. And more importantly, we will act accordingly.

This resource kit is your guide to planning a Faith Shared event. You will find suggested readings along with recommendations on how to incorporate this event in your worship service. Also included are fact sheets that explain the project and how to speak with media about your involvement. Keep checking faithshared. org for updates and additional resources as we get closer to the event. And, again, thank you for your important contribution to this much-needed display of respect and inclusion.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
PRESIDENT
INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
Tad Stahnke
DIRECTOR OF POLICY & PROGRAMS
HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST


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Participating

  • Anchorage First Christian, AK
  • University Presbyterian Church, AL
  • Federated Community Church, AZ
  • First UMC Phoenix, AZ
  • All Saints Cathedral, CA
  • First United Lutheran, CA
  • Light of ChristEcumenical Catholic Church, CO
  • Park Hill Congregational, CO
  • Union Congregational, CO
  • Temple Micah, CO
  • Riverfront Family Church, CT
  • The National Cathedral, DC
  • Seekers Church, DC
  • North American Old Catholic Church, DC
  • National City Christian Church, DC
  • New Ark United Church of Christ, DE
  • Faith United Church of Christ, FL
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola, FL
  • United Church of Christ at The Villages, FL
  • Virginia Highland Church, GA
  • Decatur United Church of Christ, GA
  • The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, GA
  • Cathedral of St. Andrew, the Episcopal Diocese of HI
  • Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation, IA
  • Congregational United Church of Christ, IA
  • Urbandale UCC Church, IA
  • Hillview United Methodist, ID
  • Boise First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, ID
  • First United of Oak Park, IL
  • St Thomas Mission, IL
  • The Chicago Temple First UMC, IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, IN
  • Northminster Baptist Church, LA
  • The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, MA
  • Grace Episcopal, MA
  • Church of Our Savior, MA
  • St Paulís Cathedral, MA
  • Old Cambridge Baptist Church, MA
  • Hadwen Park Congregational Church, MA
  • Veritas United Church of Christ, MD
  • Trinity United Methodist, MO
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church, MN
  • First Congregational, MT
  • MtView/Trinity UM Parish, MT
  • Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation,, NJ
  • Christ Episcopal Church, NJ
  • Zion Methodist Church, NV
  • The Sacred Center of New York, NY
  • Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NY
  • All Souls Bethelehem Church, Brooklyn
  • Mayflower Church, OK
  • First Congregational UCC, OR
  • Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, SD
  • Baha'i Faith Community Center, TN
  • Saint John's United Methodist Church, TX
  • Hope for Peace & Justice Interfaith Peace Chapel, TX
  • Cathedral of Hope, TX
  • Wasatch Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City, UT
  • Grace Episcopal Church, UT
  • United Church of Bellows Falls, VT
  • Cathedral of the Diocese of Vermont, VT
  • Vermont Ecumenical Council & Bible Society, VT
  • Dummerston Congregational Church UCC, VT
  • Memorial United Church of Christ, WI
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, WI
  • First Congregational Church UCC Casper, WY
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